Welcome

Greetings! We are eager to extend a warm welcome as you arrive in Portsmouth for the Symposium on Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age, scheduled for October 31st through November 2nd, 2019. We have an exciting program planned around the theme “(Re)covering Appalachia.” 

Many communities in the region are in a phase of recovery; with the decline of manufacturing and coal production, the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, with the political fallout from the 2016 election and the continued proliferation of flawed, negative media images and narratives, we are attempting to reposition ourselves for positive adaptation and renewal. We are asking how do we recover from the shock of economic dislocation, environmental damage, families and communities challenged by substance abuse and inadequate health care, as well as journalistic narratives that reductively position us as “Trump Country?” 

What sorts of data, voices, technologies, media platforms, software applications, preservation projects, public health initiatives, and creative works can help us recover the discarded, overlooked, and unappreciated stories of struggle and triumph in our region? How do we recover what has been ignored by others but never really lost? In this digital age, how do we recover and reclaim the music and art and revisit the photographs and narratives of Appalachia? How do we practice recovery in our families, schools, universities, sports, businesses, religious and civic organizations?  What does recovery look like?

Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, will deliver our keynote address, and we have planned three public plenary sessions that examine the current state of economic development and recovery in Appalachia Ohio, the War on Poverty today, and common Appalachian myths and stereotypes that need busting. Additionally, we have planned three days of live performances, paper presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, and a documentary double-feature.

We look forward to our second biennial symposium and are so glad you are joining us for a three-day exploration of Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age.

See you soon!

Andrew Lee Feight, Symposium Director

Janet Feight, Program Coordinator

Thomas Bunting, Registration and Local Arrangements 


Registration & Check-In

Attendees (including presenters) are to register online in advance to secure a discounted rate of $30. All students must register, but may attend for free.

The deadline for pre-paid registration is October 24th.

The plenary and music sessions, and Elizabeth Catte’s keynote address are all free and open to the general public. No reservations required.

All workshops and the historic tour of the Boneyfiddle Historic District are by reservation only. Please reserve a seat in advance while submitting your registration. If openings are available, late, on-site registration for workshops and tour will be allowed at Check-In.

Click here for —> Online Registration via Shawnee State University’s CashNet

Late/on-site registration will be $40. If you need assistance or have problems with your registration, please contact Thomas Bunting at tbunting@shawnee.edu.

Be sure to pick up your guest Wi-Fi passcode and complementary hard copy of the “official” final program at Check-In.

Check-In is located in the lobby of the Rita Morris University Center on the campus of Shawnee State University.


Lodging Options

Holiday Inn

(Next to Campus)

740-354-7711

Comfort Inn

(4.4 mi. from campus)

740-353-3232

Shawnee Park Lodge

(15.3 mi. from campus)

740-858-6621

Directions to Portsmouth & Shawnee State University

Portsmouth is located on the Ohio River at the intersection of of US-23 and US-52.  We are roughly 90 miles from Cincinnati and Columbus and consider Ashland, Ironton, and Huntington to be our sister cities in the WV-KY-OH tri-state region.

Point your GPS or mapping app to Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

Registration and Check-in will be in the Rita Morris University Center, beginning at 8:00am on the mornings of April 12th and 13th.

Parking

Presenters and attendees are directed to the University Center Parking Lots.  Additional parking may be found at the public parking lot at the corner of 4th and Gay Streets.

Sponsors & Acknowledgements

The symposium is sponsored by the Digital Appalachian Studies Program at Shawnee State University and is made possible in part through grants from the Community Action Organization of Scioto County, the Portsmouth City Health Department, the Friends of Portsmouth, the Scioto Foundation, and the Steven A. Hunter Appalachian Legacy Project of the Shawnee State University Development Foundation.  Funding for our keynote speaker was made available through the Jane M.G. Foster Distinguished Lecture Series. Additional support was provided by Becky Thiel, Vice-President and Provost for Academic Affairs, Roberta Milliken, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Janet Stewart, Dean of Library Services at Shawnee State University, Patties & Pints, the Port City Cafe & Pub. 

Special thanks to the program committee:  Michael Barnhart, Gabe Brown, Thomas Bunting, Andrew Feight, Janet Feight, Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe, Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme, and Mich Nyawalo.


Session Schedule

Thursday, October 31st

Check-In

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Rita Rice Morris University Center Lobby

Session 1: Trauma, Trafficking and Transparency: Perceptions of Southern Ohio’s Murdered and Missing Women

11:00am-12:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Janet Feight, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • Jennifer Bracken Scott, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • Brew Wilson-Battles, Adjunct Professor of English and Creative Writing, Shawnee State University

Session 2.1: Politics in Appalachia – Student Roundtable Discussion

12:30-1:45 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Thomas Bunting, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Shawnee State University

Session 2.2: Narratives of (Re)covery

12:30-1:45 pm

Location: TBA

Convener: Amanda Page (Mount Carmel College of Nursing) and Cassie Patterson (The Ohio State University)

  • Exploring First-Person Stories of Economic Recovery & Addiction Recovery in Southern Ohio (Amanda Page, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, and Cassie Patterson, The Ohio State University)
  • Twenty-Three: An exploration of the impact of opioids on Appalachian foothills people (Sarah Diamond Burroway, Eastern Kentucky University)

Session 3: Plenary I – (Re)covering Appalachia — Economic Development and Recovery in Appalachia Ohio

2:00-3:30 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

  • Convener:  Jeremy Burnside, Friends of Portsmouth
  • Eric Braun, Shawnee State University
  • Luanne Valentine, Community Action Organization of Scioto County
  • Tim Wolfe, Eflow Development Group

Session sponsored by the Friends of Portsmouth and the Shawnee State Development Foundation.

Session 4: Women of Appalachia Project Gallery Talk with Kari Gunter-Seymour

3:45-5:00 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe, Women of Appalachia Project

Session 5: Music from the Hills at Patties & Pints (off campus)

5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Patties & Pints, 2nd Street

  • Convener: Robert Black, The Boneyfiddle Project
  • Kentucky Memories
  • Sasha Colette
  • Boosh Hawgs

Enjoy the talents and music of authentic Appalachian artists over a nice meal and a selection of 50 craft beers! This session is hosted by Pattie & Pints on Second Street and sponsored by The Boneyfiddle Project and the Scioto Foundation.


Friday, November 1st

Check-In

9:00-11:00 am

Location: Rita Morris University Center Lobby

Session 6.1: History of the War on Poverty  – Workshop with David Bradley

10:00-11:15 am

Location: TBA

  • Convener: David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation

Session sponsored by the Community Action Organization of Scioto County.

Session 6.2: (Re)covering Communities: Partnership and Collaboration as a Tool for Change

10:00-11:15 am

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Lisa Roberts and Abby Spears, Portsmouth Health Department

Session sponsored by the Portsmouth City Health Department.

Session 7.1:  Playing the Labor History Card: Mine Wars in the K-12 Curriculum

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Beth Jane Toren, West Virginia University Libraries

Session 7.2: (Re)Covering Appalachian History through Digital Tools

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Jinny Turman, University of Virginia — Wise
  • David Trowbridge, Marshall University
  • Tom Costa, University of Virginia — Wise

Session 8.1: Health Disparities in Appalachia

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Abby Spears
  • Emerging Technologies: Utilizing Data and Geomapping to Identify Health Disparities (Abby Spears, Portsmouth City Health Department)
  • Strengthening LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility in Rural Settings (Julia Applegate, Equitas Health, The Ohio State University)

Session sponsored by the Portsmouth City Health Department.

Session 8.2: Mapping Appalachian Natural Resources 

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Erik Larson & Logan Minter
  • Developing Regional Arboretums: Tree Trails as a Way to Connect to Appalachia (Erik Larson & Logan Minter, Shawnee State University)
  • Environmental Information for Environmental Justice: Accessing Fracking Recordkeeping in Appalachia (Eira Tansey, University of Cincinnati) 

Session 9: Plenary II – (Re)covering Appalachia — The War on Poverty Today

2:30-3:45 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

  • Convener: Steve Sturgill, Executive Director, Community Action Organization of Scioto County
  • David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation
  • John Carey, Director, Governor’s Office of Appalachia, State of Ohio
  • Tom Kiffmeyer, Professor of History, Morehead State University

Session sponsored by the Community Action Organization of Scioto County.

Session 10.1: Covering Appalachia: Local and Regional News in the Digital Age 

4:00-5:15 pm

Location: TBA (Kricker Innovation Hub)

  • Convener, Ryan Ottney, Former Editor of the Portsmouth Daily Times 
  • Jack Shuler, Professor of English, Denison University
  • James Pilcher, Reporter, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Jeremy D. Wells, Reporter, Grayson Journal-Enquirer 

Session 10.2: Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective – Performance

4:00-5:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Summer Logan, Shawnee State University

Session 11: Documentary Double-Feature – “Till the Wheels Fall Off” and “Heroin(e)”

6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library

  • Convener: Lisa Roberts and Abby Spears, Portsmouth Health Department
  • Jan Rader, Fire Chief, City of Huntington, West Virginia
  • Doug Swift, Director, “Till the Wheels Fall Off”
  • Jack Shuler, Producer, “Till the Wheels Fall Off”

Session sponsored by the Portsmouth City Health Department.


Saturday, November 2nd

Check-In

9:00-11:00 am

Location: Rita Morris University Center Lobby

Session 12: Historical Walking Tour of the Boneyfiddle District – Workshop

9:00-11:15 am

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., Professor of History, Shawnee State University

Using Scioto Historical, a mobile app and website for exploring the history of Portsmouth and the surrounding region, workshop participants will “beta-test” a new walking tour of the Boneyfiddle District, Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood and the current locus of economic redevelopment in the city. The tour explores the history of the Underground Railroad, the iron and shoe industries, the flood wall murals, and a late-19th century alcohol and opium addiction treatment center.

Session sponsored by the Shawnee Digital History Lab and the Scioto Historical Project.

Session 13.1: Mobilizing Data and Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes

10:00am-11:15 am

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Marissa Zinker, Director of Health Promotion and Prevention, Portsmouth City Health Department

Session sponsored by the Portsmouth City Health Department.

Session 13.2: Conducting Oral History Interviews in Your Community

10:00am-11:15 am

Location: TBA

  • Cassie Patterson, Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies
  • Cristina Benedetti, Ohio Arts Council & Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies

Session 14.1: Songs of Appalachia – Performance by Shirley Crothers-Marley

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: TBA

Session 14.2: (Re)covering Portsmouth’s Past

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Carl O. Hilgarth, Professor Emeritus, Shawnee State University
  • “A Digital Inventory of National Register Structures in Portsmouth, Ohio” (Carl O. Hilgarth, Professor Emeritus, Shawnee State University)
  • “Portsmouth Rediscovery: Uncovering Our Community’s Past and Finding Our Present” (Cailey Cooke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Session 15.1: Voices from the Appalachian Left

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: Cody Mullins, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Listen Here: Recovering the Appalachian Left through New Media (Cody Mullins, Ivy Tech Community College)
  • Rethinking Prison Construction in Appalachia (Henry Clay Adkins, Virginia Tech)
  • Back to Mazzocchi: Recovering the Just Transition Framework’s Educative Potentials (Judson Abraham, Virginia Tech)
  • What Does Hillbilly Mean to You? Examining Amazon Reviewers’ Responses to Hillbilly Elegy (Anne Patrick, Virginia Tech)

Session 15.2: Modern Appalachian Songwriting and Poetry

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: TBA

  • Convener: John Biggs and Barb Costas-Biggs

Session 16:  Plenary III – Appalachian Myth-Busting

2:30:-4:00 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

  • Convener: Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., Professor of History, Shawnee State University
  • Elizabeth Catte, Director, Passel: Applied History Consultants
  • William Isom II, Director of Community Outreach, PBS East Tennessee (Knoxville)
  • Lou Martin, Professor of History, Chatham University
  • Jennifer Pauley, Professor of English, Shawnee State University

Session sponsored by the Shawnee State Development Foundation.

Session 17: Keynote with Elizabeth Catte –  (Re)covering Appalachia

6:00-7:30 pm.

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

Session sponsored by Shawnee State University’s Jane M. G. Foster Distinguished Lecture Series.

Session 18: Spoken Word & Music Sampler at Port City Cafe & Pub (off campus)

8:00-9:30 pm

Location: Port City Cafe & Pub, Main Stage

  • Convener: Michael Barnhart, Professor of Music and Media, Shawnee State University

Featuring spoken word artists from the Women of Appalachia Project and an eclectic mix of local performers, this session is hosted by the Port City Cafe and Pub on Chillicothe Street.

This session is sponsored by the Scioto Foundation.